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Sustainability business stories


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A collection of what some of the largest organization on the planet are doing to create sustainability through "better business through a better world"

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Sustainability business stories

  1. 1. Sustainability Business Stories Better Business through a Better World
  2. 2. The word sustainable derives from Latin “sustinere” which literally means “to hold up” or “to maintain”. When something is sustainable it endures and persists. Companies around the world are starting to make inroads to better business through a better world. We worked with a client for 18 months on rolling out their sustainability strategy globally and initially researched other companies who had started on their sustainability journey to show employees they were in good company. Here are some of our favorites. Sustainability Business Stories
  3. 3. …has set for itself a strategy it calls “me, we, the world,” which encompasses its approach to improving personal health and wellness, the communities in which it operates and the environment. Within this strategy, the company reports making material, tangible progress on metrics related to three specific areas of focus: “well-being, women, and water.” The company does not ignore other issues such as climate change and packaging, but it has made it clear that this is where it wants to lead. It’s working to achieve water neutrality by 2020.
  4. 4. …both innovated by asking if it would be possible to dye clothes – a very water-intensive process – without using any water. They have both achieved the goal.
  5. 5. …CEO, Paul Polman, has been resisting the pressure from Wall St to provide quarterly results so that the company can focus on building value over years, not months. They are aiming to halve carbon footprint and double turnover. …runs People & Planet initiative that calls for its entire supply chain to be 100% sustainable by 2020. At the same time the company is expecting to double sales. This will result in IKEA radically changing the way it designs the furniture and creating new models for the way it collects and recycle furniture.
  6. 6. …asked, “Do paper rolls have to have cardboard tubes?” As part of its $100 million Scotts Naturals brand it has developed tubeless rolls. …looked at how to use less material and energy and for the Indian and Chinese market developed a portable electrocardiograph. They then sold in the United States for 80 per cent less than similar products.
  7. 7. …is building a manufacturing plant in Messa, Arizona that will run on 100 per cent renewable energy. …has converted product shipment from air to ocean freight because of climate change concerns. …in 2001 decided to source coffee beans according to “fair trade” principles.
  8. 8. …encourages customers to bring a piece of clothing they no longer want in “shwopping”. Whenever they come to buy something new and they can drop unwanted clothing into convenient boxes at the store. They then receive a discount voucher for their purchase. Everybody wins. …provides safety training for drivers in emerging markets. It also engages an external auditor to evaluate its progress in energy use and carbon emissions reductions and its reporting of cost and resource savings. Leader asked a few years ago the now famous unorthodox question, “Can we cut fuel costs by avoiding left turns?”, (where they drive on the right).
  9. 9. …is involved in Just Peach Salsa. The Food Bank in South Jersey became aware that local farmers were throwing away 850,000 pounds of peaches each year because of bruises and other imperfections that made them unacceptable to their customers such as grocery stores. The Food Bank recognized an opportunity to use the damaged peaches to generate revenue to fund their work. The farmers agreed to donate the peaches and what was needed was expertise and infrastructure to create a product. Campbell stepped in and its culinary and product development team created a delicious peach salsa recipe. Campbell donated additional ingredients, manufacturing capacity and the work of hundreds of employees to produce and package the salsa. The result is an annual revenue stream of $100,000 for the Food Bank of South Jersey and keeps many toms of peaches going to waste.
  10. 10. Bridges Business Consultancy Int, Singapore, specializes in strategy implementation. Bridges was founded at the start of the millennium to research, develop and integrate corporate strategy implementation. It is their singular focus and they work with governments, multi-national organizations and local businesses in five continents to assist them in executing their strategy. Bridges’s work has been featured on global and local media outlets, including the BBC Global, CNBC, Financial Times and various strategy journals. +65 68860123